Annie Machon Keynote Speaker

  • Former MI5 intelligence officer and famed whistleblower
  • Expert on intelligence issues, surveillance, digital civil liberties, war on drugs, press freedoms, whistleblowers and Middle Eastern politics
  • European Director, LEAP (2012-present)

Annie Machon's Biography

Annie Machon is a former intelligence officer for MI5, the UK Security Service. During that time she was responsible for investigating political and terrorist targets, before resigning to help her former part­ner and col­league, David Shayler, blow the whistle on the crimes, incompetence and lack of accountability of the spies. As the story made head­lines around the world, they were forced to go on the run around Europe and live in exile in France for 3 years.

Draw­ing on her var­ied exper­i­ences, she is now a writer, media pun­dit, polit­ical cam­paigner, and PR con­sult­ant on a variety of intelligence-related and civil liberties issues. She has a rare per­spect­ive both on the inner work­ings of gov­ern­ments, intel­li­gence agen­cies and the media, as well as a new-found love for all things geek and the need to pro­tect digital freedoms. She is an international leader in advocating the wider implic­a­tions for the need for increased open­ness and account­ab­il­ity in both pub­lic and private sectors.

In 2005, Annie published her first book, “Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers: MI5, MI6 and the Shayler Affair” in which she offers criticism of MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service based on her observations of the two whilst in the employment of MI5. She also features regularly in international press, giving her expert insight on intelligence matters, global geopolitics, digital civil liberties and surveillance issues.

She is currently the European Dir­ector of LEAP, a global group of serving and former police officers, law­yers, judges, intel­li­gence officers, prison gov­ernors, cus­toms officers and former drug czars. LEAP speak­ers have worked on the front line of the failed “war on drugs” policy, recog­nise this abject fail­ure, and as a res­ult cam­paign for the end to prohibition.

Read More

Videos of Annie Machon

The Four Wars: Terror, Whistleblowers, Drugs, Internet (2014)
The Four Wars: Terror, Whistleblowers, Drugs, Internet (2014)
On Whistleblowing and Mass Surveillance (2014)
On Whistleblowing and Mass Surveillance (2014)

Check Annie Machon's speaking availability and fees

Interested in booking Annie Machon to speak at an event? Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch within 24 hours.

    View our related Speakers

    Robin Niblett Speaker
    Robin Niblett
    Director, Chatham House
    Suzanne Williams Speaker
    Suzanne Williams
    International Hostage Negotiator
    Edward Lucas Speaker
    Edward Lucas
    Independent Expert in European and Transatlantic security
    Anne Applebaum Speaker
    Anne Applebaum Speaker
    Anne Applebaum
    Expert on International Affairs and Foreign Policy
    Jeremy Hunt Speaker
    Jeremy Hunt
    Longest serving UK Secretary of State for Health
    Leta Hong Fincher Speaker
    Leta Hong Fincher
    Journalist on Gender Inequality in China
    Arlene Foster Speaker
    Arlene Foster Speaker
    Arlene Foster
    First Minister of Northern Ireland on two occasions (between 2016-21) and Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) (2015-21)
    Zhe Sun Speaker
    Zhe Sun
    Expert on US-China Relations
    Karen Attiah Speaker
    Karen Attiah
    Opinion Columnist, Global Opinions Editor - The Washington Post
    Bonnie Glaser Speaker
    Bonnie Glaser
    Director of the China Power Project at CSIS